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After their failure to make an impact at the last two major international competitions, England endured a huge disappointment by not making it to Euro 2008.
With Steve McClaren’s reign now finally over, England fans can look forward to a fresh start of competitive football under the guidance of Italian manager Fabio Capello.
However, Capello has already fallen out of favor with most critics after only five friendlies with most England fans tagging Capello’s England as the “same old England.” But isn’t this the same team that failed to qualify to Euro 2008?
I saw the match in which England drew 2-2 at Wembley against Czech Republic and have read some forgettable articles that highlighted how poor Capello’s impact has been until now.
Critics seem to forget that the “inferior” Czech side that qualified to the Euros, unlike England. While France, the only team to have beaten Capello’s England until this day, finished as runners up in the 2006 World Cup, and did in fact qualify to Euro 2008.
Perhaps the biggest question is: how good are England?
Frank Lampard is a brilliant player. But he has Deco, Michael Ballack and Michael Essien to cover for his weaknesses. They are players who add flair and technique to the Chelsea midfield.
Steven Gerrard is one of the world’s finest players. However, he enjoys playing alongside Fernando Torres at Liverpool. Torres is a goal-scoring machine, a player England do not have.
Wayne Rooney is an excellent forward. But Rooney’s value is best-shown when he plays alongside a dribbling master as Cristiano Ronaldo, and a speedy forward with great flair as Carlos Tevez.
And guess what? Ronaldo and Tevez are not English.
Maybe England fans are just demanding too much from Don Fabio. Let’s face it, demanding that a new manager build a team that is good enough to be the best from a squad that just failed to qualify for the Euros, is a little bit too much to ask.
Making a revolution takes time; the likes of David James and David Beckham should never wear an England shirt again if a new and fresh start is to leave a trace of notable success.
The fact that England does not have the wingers of Portugal, the strikers of Italy and the flair of Brazilian stars should not be blamed on Capello.
Fabio Capello is a fine manager, no matter what happens in his England reign. England, on the other hand, is a little bit too ambitious.
A great league with a fair national team, I suppose…